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Columns

  • Boehner’s wrath gone wrong

    If you didn’t watch the 114th Congress vote on the new Speaker of the House, then you missed quite a show.
    Like many, I believed that Rep. John Boehner would be voted into the seat with no opposition, until whispers started spreading across the internet and social media.
    Suddenly, phone calls began jamming the lines of district and Capitol offices of House GOP leadership and constituents began demanding that their representatives vote against Boehner.

  • State senate right to protect the unborn

    One thing I’ve learned in covering politics in Kentucky, two issues stand out in conservative, Republican areas of the state ― gay rights and abortion.
    To answer these in the sense of being pro-life and pro-family pretty much assures conservative voters will give the nod to a particular candidate.
    That’s a two-pronged question I unashamedly ask candidates when they “politic” in Casey County.

  • ‘Millennials’ hate being called ‘Millennials’

    When I hear the word it makes me cringe.
    I belong to this group being called “Millennials” and can tell you first hand that we hate it.
    The word comes with a long list of characteristics and traits that have nothing to do with us and lots more to do with people who can’t understand us.
     I know that for organization’s sake, it is helpful to lump an entire generation under one label when examining various characteristics and social trends.

  • The value of living in a great community

    Part of being a newspaper reporter is knowing that news can break at any time. That’s exactly what happened Monday afternoon about 3:15 when Tonya Harne left her car running in front of a business on Middleburg Street in downtown Liberty.
    Not inside the business more than 90 seconds, she turned around and her car was gone, having been stolen by Zachary Hugh Cook, who faces a mountain of charges in connection with the theft.
    While stealing a car is mostly a rare event in Casey County, it can happen.

  • Students protest first lady’s lunch

    Until recently I had only heard the occasional disgruntled mention of first lady Michelle Obama and her fervor for trimming down America’s youth.
    In my opinion, the role of the first lady is a crucial one and the standard set by Eleanor Roosevelt is practically unsurpassable.  
    It wasn’t until I began to read about the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act that I realized our current first lady has raised quite a hornet’s nest of angry students across the U.S. and as their numbers continue to grow, so does the sound of their voices.

  • Saying goodbye to a great public servant

    Liberty Mayor Steve Sweeney will pass the gavel to newly elected Mayor Steven Brown on Monday, Jan. 5.
    I have had the privilege of covering Sweeney and the city council for most of the past three years of the six-and-a-half years that I’ve been at the paper.
    A true liberal at heart, Sweeney is at his best when he’s thinking about how to help the poor and disenfranchised among the residents of Liberty.

  • Give Ronnie Davis a break

    I don’t live in Liberty but Liberty is the seat of government for all of Casey County so I feel like I have the right to put my two cents worth in here. You understand, of course, that it is just my opinion that follows here and does not reflect the opinion of The Casey County News (and maybe nobody else, either). That has never stopped me before.

  • The more you know

    Benjamin Franklin warned us long ago, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
    Ignorance is bliss – this is a phrase I’ve come to find absolute truth within, because it is just that, the truth.
    My curious mind has never allowed me to understand the phrase completely, though it has fully supported the opposite argument.
    Staying informed is madness.  

  • Give Ronnie Davis a break

    I don’t live in Liberty but Liberty is the seat of government for all of Casey County so I feel like I have the right to put my two cents worth in here. You understand, of course, that it is just my opinion that follows here and does not reflect the opinion of The Casey County News (and maybe nobody else, either). That has never stopped me before.

  • No need to call out public officials for doing their jobs

    I was intrigued to watch a WKYT TV report last week concerning the death of a Casey County woman in March of this year.
    Authorities responded to the residence of Michael Johnson on Dry Ridge Road where they discovered Leah Skipper, who had died from a single gunshot wound to the head.
    Casey County Sheriff’s Deputy Freeman Luttrell went to the scene as well as Casey County Coroner Tommy Clark, who ruled Skipper’s death as suicide.